2018 BUICK REGAL SPORTBACK AND TOURXBlog Apr 6th, 2017
The Buick Regal is getting a much needed refresher for the 2018 model year. But this time around, it will no longer be offered as a sedan. Instead the regal will be available only as a 5 door hatchback, in form of the Sportback, and as a wagon, in form of the TourX.
The Sportback is the closest the Regal will get to being a sedan again but the coupe-like roofline and liftback rear hatch bring a fresh look to the aging lineup. With the rear seats in place, the Sportback offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space and 60.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. That is more space than the BMW 4-series Grancoupe and the new Audi A5 Sportback.
Powering the Sportback is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 that produces 250hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in front wheel drive configuration. Opting for the all-wheel-drive option boosts the torque figure to 295 lb-ft but horsepower remains unchanged. A 9-speed automatic comes standard on the front-wheel-drive version and the all-wheel-drive version receives an 8-speed automatic.
The station wagon is making a comeback and what a striking comeback it will make. The Regal TourX has a slightly higher ride height than the Sportback and has a maximum cargo capacity of 73.5 cubic feet. Again, Buick points out that it is more cargo space than the Audi A4 Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country. Power remains the same as the Sportback but all-wheel-drive is the only powertrain configuration available along with the 8-speed automatic transmission.
Odds and Ends
Fun fact, the new Regal is actually an Opel (GM’s European subsidiary) and both the Sportback and TourX will be made in Germany. Both models also come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with keyless entry and push button start.
No word yet on a specific arrival date but expect to see them in dealerships late this year or early next year.
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